I'm just hoping to survive the burns

Everywhere you look it seems there are constant admonishments to put “Me” first. We have become a very selfish society in some aspects. So what do you do when a child AND your ex need you to put “THEM” first? ...more

Motherly Advice

An apology is the superglue of life.  It can repair just about anything.  ~Lynn Johnston       ...more

The Quest for Peace on Earth: Domestic Violence & the Holidays

Missing Boys I recently read a heart wrenching story about three young brothers from Michigan who are now missing after a court-ordered visit with ...more

Want to Make a Holiday Gift? Knit a Malabrigo Hat

Here's a super quick pattern for a child's hat made of Malabrigo worsted yarn -- or any other worsted yarn that will get you 4.5 stitches to the inch. It's so fast to knit up -- perfect for time-challenged, perpetually busy people like me. This is a good way to practice knitting in the round if you're a beginning knitter, and it would make a nice handmade holiday gift! ...more


In my internal vision of myself as Mother, I am patient. I am kind. When I assist with homework, I explain the item at hand and then continue to clarify as needed until the proverbial lightbulb goes on over Emily's Head. I am a teacher, after all, and my knowledge of teaching pedagogy and practice guides me. In addition, since I intimately know the challenges that my daughter faces in her learning, I am brilliant in my ability to supportively meet her needs. ...more

Holidays aren't Curriculum

I was once at an early childhood conference when the topic of using food in art projects came up. I piped up and explained that I did not like children to use food stuff as art materials, even infants and toddlers....more

An Ugly Truth: Talking to My Daughter About Suicide

Looking into your child's face; the person who makes you both crazy and utterly joyful and reaching for words to explain the urge to extinguish your own life? The desire to simply brush the question away with a deflection or a "You don't have to worry about that" is profound. As is the desire to start to cry. Which would be its own type of deflection. For it is in those moments, I think, the moments when you sense your own parents discomfort that foundations of future trust are built or eroded. ...more

It does seem random at times, I think, especially for young people.

Of course, we also know ...more

Ignorance and Self Control

I was in Walmart about a year ago with all four of my children. We had finished our shopping and were now waiting at checkout. My youngest was having a really hard time and was stimming, this is a repetitive behavior that he does to calm himself down. Well, he started spinning and was flapping his hands and I happened to be on the phone with a very supporting mom who also has a son on the Autistic Spectrum. We were talking about how aware we have to be with our children as they don't sense danger....more

A Different Thanksgiving Story

This time of year mixes up lots of feelings for our family. As two adults who are committed to teaching our daughter about American and World History through non-rose colored glasses, it can be difficult to detangle the multitude of messages implicit in the majority of the Autumn American holidays. ...more

You really summarized something I was struggling to clarify, insomuch as the ideal of ...more

Sequins don't make you gay

or an Early Childhood Education guide to gender identity development. (which hardly seemed a glamorous and exciting title) ...more

about being a teacher of young children was the opportunity to provoke them in this way - their ...more